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Recreation & Aquatics Center


The entrance to the Buffalo Creek Greenway is at the back of Smithfield Community Park. The paved trail meanders ~3 miles along the Spring Branch to the Neuse River Walk at Smithfield Town Commons. The path is ten feet wide and is our local part of the Mountains to Sea Trail. It’s perfect for hikers, runners and bikers!      

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  • The Buffalo Creek Greenway is 2.94 miles in length and is part of the Mountains to Sea Trail.
  • 10 ft pavement section with 2 ft stone shoulders.
  • 4 pre-engineered steel bridges and 250 feet of boardwalk.
  • Easements and/or land donations for construction were given at no cost.
  • Links Historic Downtown Business District to the northern and southern historic residential neighborhoods.
  • The greenway links four Town parks together and links two schools.
  • The entire 2.94 miles of greenway has no “at grade crossings” of roadways
  • Less than an acre of wetlands was impacted, that required mitigation
  • Allows pedestrian access to the $11M community/aquatics center
  • The greenway has 5 trail head parking lots
  • Approx. 1800 ft. of greenway constructed with State Trails Funds (NCDENR)

Currently lining the Greenway (starting at the trailhead at Community Park) you will find large colorful lizards painted by JCPS High School EC classes. Enjoy the colorful and creative pieces of art as you walk, run, or ride the Greenway!

Whether you run, bike or walk – we hope to see you on the greenway!